Yolande Strengers

Assoc Professor

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sustainable HCI, digital sociology, smart technology, energy futures, feminist technoscience, feminist HCI, ethical algorithms and AI, robot-human interaction, social practice theory, household consumption


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Yolande Strengers is a digital sociologist and human-computer interaction scholar investigating the sustainability and gender effects of digital, emerging and smart technologies. At Monash University, she leads the energy futures theme in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, which undertakes critical interdisciplinary and international research into the social, cultural and experiential dimensions of the design, use and futures of new and emerging technologies.

Yolande works with qualitative and digital ethnographic methods, theories of social practice and technofeminism to understand how people (and sometimes their pets) are incorporating new devices and technologies into their everyday lives and homes. Her research is applied in focus, and has involved a range of research partners to inform current visions, designs, platforms and policies for emerging technologies in the energy, sustainability and smart home sectors. Past and current partners include ANZ Bank, Ausgrid, AusNet Services, Energy Consumers Australia and Intel Corporation.

Yolande is author of Smart energy technologies in everyday life (Palgrave MacMillan 2013), Social practices and dynamic non-humans (2018), and over 50 journal articles and conference papers. She holds a PhD from RMIT University (Social Science) a Masters in International Urban and Environmental Management (RMIT University) and a Bachelor of Arts (Deans Scholars Program, Monash University).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

International Urban and Environmental Management, Master of Social Science, RMIT University

Award Date: 1 Aug 2012

Social Science, Doctor of Philosophy, RMIT University

Award Date: 1 Mar 2010

Geography, Bachelor of Arts, Monash University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Research area keywords

  • energy futures
  • Smart grid
  • Digital sociology
  • Digital technologies
  • Smart home
  • emerging technologies
  • Consumption
  • Gender & diversity


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